Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Leadership Team



World Class Teachers & Thought Leaders



Required Disclaimer

As teachers, the yoga therapy components of our teachings are based on our C-IAYT certifications from the International Association of Yoga Therapists, not derived from our status as RYTs & E-RYTs with Yoga Alliance Registry.


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Bob Butera, PhD, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Program Director, Yoga Training & Yoga Therapy Specialist

Robert is the founder of The YogaLife Institute and the publisher of Yoga Living magazine. He studied yoga at The Yoga Institute of Mumbai. He holds Masters in Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion and a Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy & Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

With over 25 years of continual teaching experience, Bob is known for sharing  Classical Yoga principles in a practical way that connects students with their own divinity. He is also is the author of three books, The Pure Heart of Yoga, Meditation for Your Life  and  Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety (Llewellyn Worldwide)

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Kristen Butera, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Program Director, Yoga Training & Yoga Therapy Specialist

Kristen is the owner of the YogaLife Institute and the editor of Yoga Living Magazine. She has been studying and teaching for fifteen years, accumulating 3000+ hours of professional training in a variety of styles. Her passion is for training yoga teachers and therapists, creating a learning environment that helps students connect modern anatomical and scientific innovations with the ancient wisdom of practice. She is the co-author of Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle. 


Erin Byron, MA, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist & Counseling Specialist

Erin Byron is the Director of the Canadian Welkin/YogaLife Institute in Brantford, Ontario. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Yoga for Trauma. She is an educator of yoga and meditation teachers who brings more than ten years of experience as a professional Yoga Therapist and practicing Psychotherapist to her teachings. She is the co-creator of Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training, and co-author of Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety

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Staffan Elgelid, PhD, RYT500, C-IAYT

Yoga Therapist, Somatic & Physical Therapy Specialist

Dr. Elgelid is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College. At Nazareth College he teaches health and wellness and is the director of the college’s health and wellness programs. He has presented on a multitude of topics both nationally and internationally. He is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has been active in the Feldenkrais and Somatic Education community both at a national and international level. Staffan sat on the Advisory Council for the International Association of Yoga Therapists from 2011-2013, and has published several articles in IAYT publications and holds a yoga therapy certification from YogaLife Institute. Staffan is the co-author of Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety and Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle. 


Jennifer Hilbert, MS, RYT500, C-IAYT

Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, Neuroscientist

Jen has been dedicated yoga practitioner of over 20 years. She discovered YogaLife in 2004 and has since completed specialized training in Yoga & Yoga Therapy. She has a Masters Degree in Neuroscience, and as a mother and athlete her passions include educating families about the benefits of healthy eating and breath awareness, along with playing tennis, biking, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Erika Tenenbaum, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Skincare & Vinyasa Yoga Specialist

Erika found her home at YogaLife and has been teaching here since 2004. She holds advanced certifications in Yoga & Yoga Therapy. She is also a skin care specialist and manual lymphatic drainage massage practitioner. Erika is a firm believer in the tenets of yogic tradition, she relishes the opportunity to share her yoga vision and experience with her students.

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